Client: The Ratkovich Company
Type: Urban Redevelopment, Commercial
The Largest TOD LA Development
Located on an important full block site bound by Hope, Flower, 7th and 8th Streets, The Bloc represents the goals and aspirations of today’s Los Angeles. In place of the homogeneous, inward-facing structure of the former Macy’s Plaza, The Bloc opens up to city street life with an eclectic mix of forms and uses that represent the diversity of today’s L.A. Vibrant outdoor promenades, terraces and plazas are animated by landscape, water features and programmed events.
The site is destined to be one of the most important Transit Oriented Destinations (TOD) sites in the city, situated at the epicenter of the region’s expanding rail lines, new streetcar and vibrant bus network. Energized by a remodeled hotel, repositioned offices, and updated anchor store, The Bloc will maintain its position as a unique mixed-use destination for business people, shoppers, downtown residents and out of town visitors.
A project that was once uninviting and internalized has now opened itself to public, renaming itself The Bloc Square. The main concept is reinforced with new connections that include entrances, colonnades, mid-block crossings, balconies, decks, and a direct connection to the Metro. Several new large floor openings interconnect levels visually and spatially throughout the space. One of the largest transformations to the project was the removal of the previous Macy’s Plaza roof (formerly spanning between Hotel and Office tower), ultimately creating a large inviting urban living room in the center of downtown.
Reshaping what used to be a solid mass to provide new open areas has allowed for new urban activates at The Bloc Square. The existing building has been ‘de-massed’ and is now sensitive to the human scale to help reinforce activities and retail spaces along the street level. The Bloc Square has become a destination for visitors and the community of Downtown Los Angeles.
Photo Credit: Jeff Drongowski- Drongo Photo - Courtesy of The Bloc